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    Default Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    I was wondering what is your best 2 battery CR123 flashlight and why? Please include manufacturer, name and model number.

    I would also like to know if the Surefire E2L Outdoorsman with KX2 head will work with rechargeable CR123a's and if this light is worth getting.

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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    My best 2 x CR123a light would be my E2e with C bezel and BOG Q5 LED drop-in for 230 lumen. I love it because it's elegant, has a clip, and is easier to put into my front pockets than a 6P, G2, etc.


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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    My best 2x 123 light is still my original U2. It is still bright, and I can leave the light intensity setting where I want it to come back on without scrolling through a stepped interface.
    The only light I need now is the "light at the end of the tunnel".....

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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by fieldops View Post
    My best 2x 123 light is still my original U2. It is still bright, and I can leave the light intensity setting where I want it to come back on without scrolling through a stepped interface.
    I agree that the U2 is wonderful. If mine hadn't been stolen, I would have listed that over my E2C.

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    my best 2 CR123 lights are an old SF 6P and an Inova T1,
    * because of their machining and ruggedness (not so much the Inova, but the SF for sure)
    * because both have been machined to house an 18650 Li-Ion, modded with a Flupic and a Cree
    * and now kick azz any light in that size - for a runtime of 2.5 hours

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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    Mine is the SF L4. L1 is on the way as will be KX2 bezel to update my existing E2L.
    E2L has to be worth it for runtime alone.

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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    Right now? My Gamma I..
    I love my Al-PD

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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    Hmm lets se.... I have to choose between SF L4, A2, and E2E. Hmm among thoose I think I choose L4 becuase ita tha one with the most power, the E2E is very nice form factor with various bulbs (Lumens Factory). The A2 is also very nice indeed....I cant decide. I hope I have a SF 6P with the new light kit on the way, that might be my best 2 X CR123a light. I would choose that light because it is upgradeble with both incan and led drop in. The form factor, design, and size is just right. I really like the fact taht you can upgrade the light without buying a whole new light. And choose between led and incan. Pure genious!

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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    Surefire U2. No question. Great UI, great beam pattern, superb construction.

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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    My recently acquired Surefire L4. I don't think anything more needs to be said.

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    SPY005!
    More pocketable than many single CR123 lights, 6 easy to access programmable levels. What more could you want? Well besides availability and a lower price?

    Last edited by cave dave; 12-08-2007 at 08:39 AM.
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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    After reading the responses so far I am reminded of how different people have very different needs.

    My favorite 2xcr123 lights are the LSI Nightcutter Sports. Aside from being the shortest 2xcr123 production lights ever produced they were also tested for watertightness and shock resistance (among other things) by an independent testing laboratory. I consider myself very fortunate to have four of them. They are equipped with:
    • 3 white 5mm LEDs
    • 3 red 5mm LEDs
    • 3 green 5mm LEDs
    • 5 green 5mm LEDs

    The runtimes are fantastic and I use them all the time.

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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    Surefire OD Green G2 with Dealextreme sku 1447 Cree module.

    Because it kicks a P60's butt, and will run fine on a 17500 or 17650 LiIon.

    And looks and feels like a stock G2.
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    so far, my Lumapower M1 (CREE XRE). By now, with the progress in LED technology, it's already a bit outdated, with Rebel 100 and CREE Q5's out.

    Still, what it has is a big output light (especially good outdoors with its long throw) with plenty of runtime (amazing runtime on 18650), a great formfactor that just fits my hand perfectly, light and rugged.

    Now, let's see how the Fenix T1 will compare, I don't have it yet.

    What these 2xCR123A's can do for you is most of what you needed a maglite 3xD (at least) to do before, at some small fraction of the size and weight. Plus they do it much better.

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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    Fenix P3D: very small, tactical forward clickie, super bright!

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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    SureFire E series and Fenix P3D. SF for it's durability and modularity and Fenix for versatility in one light.
    I'm absolutely certain that I need another flashlight.

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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    I sometimes carry a SPY 005, (2) Cr123 in my pocket and it is a great EDC light.

    I often use a Surefire U2 due to variable brightness for walking and other tasks.

    Both are great lights used in different circumstance.



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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    SureFire A2 or 6PL...tough call between the two, but the A2 probably wins for versatility.

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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    definitely the A2.... low-output leds for flood and incandescent beam for its throw (not to mention the better contrast compared againist whitish led beams)

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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    I would also have to say my A2. I was fortunate enough to get an all white Aviatrix for it. The added versatility, of being able to run RCR123's or primaries just makes it that much better. Powerizer cells fit and work just fine.

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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    The only 2 x CR123 light I own is a Golston. For all the advances (Have a P3D coming but don't expect to see it this year - and that isn't 4sevens fault as it is in the post)I still use it more than just about everything else - it isn't my EDC as it's too big but despite brighter and smaller lights, it still feels right and gives enough light for most purposes that a fauxton won't serve.

    Usually it's run on a 17670 (I own far more 17670s than 18650s (2) and don't own a lathe to bore it out) which gives a quarter of the brightness of a pair of RCR123s but it is almost always within reach in the car or office. Just how much light do you need anyway? And I do know that too much is never enough.

    It still does it for me.

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    hmmmm L4 of U2 or Kroma??? couldn't decide thats why i bought all 3

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    Surefire A2 aviator or Surefire L5

    hard to pick i'm carrying the L5 right now
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    i only own a few 2x123 lights, and out of them, i EDC my Fenix P3D OD Q5. i keep my 6P with a cree dropin in the glove compartment of the car, and a ultrafire w/ stock led dropin in my bag. i use my P3D much more than anything else right now.

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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    My best 2 x CR123a torch is my Surefire 6P with Z59 tail cap, Fenix lanyard & Q5 L.E.D 237 lumens (spot beam) The Q5 L.E.D has a very slight textured reflector, so the beam has a tight hotspot without any rings. An excellent light with throw.


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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by BigD64 View Post
    hmmmm L4 of U2 or Kroma??? couldn't decide thats why i bought all 3
    wow nice
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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    Based one what ends up in my pocket most often when I need (or might need) more than a 1 cell light...

    Fenix P3D-Q5 Olive w/ PEU T2 BatteryTube. Great light, fleels great with the T2 tube, I like the 2 tone look, and the Rebel RB100 version has the T3 tube on it so it does not qualify in this case.

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    Currently my Surefire A2 for its versatility and size, but I'm sure that will change once my upgraded Gladius arrives...

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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    "best" as in...?

    If I absolutely had to keep a single 2x123 light, it'd probably be my SF U2: multiple modes, can use rechargeables, SF quality.

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    Default Re: Which is your best 2 x CR123a light and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttran97 View Post
    My best 2 x CR123a light would be my E2e with C bezel and BOG Q5 LED drop-in for 230 lumen. I love it because it's elegant, has a clip, and is easier to put into my front pockets than a 6P, G2, etc.

    Whoa!! I likey...

    Why didn't I think of that..

    That's just a E-to-C adapter right??

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